The Alternative Press Expo, or APE, is coming up this weekend in San Francisco. The show runs this Saturday and Sunday at the Concourse on 8th Street. This year’s special guests include Daniel Clowes, Lynda Barry, Tony Millionaire, Renee French, Rich Koslowski, Megan Kelso and Tommy Kovac. In addition to an exhibitor’s room packed with comics of all shapes and sizes, they also have panels, workshops and even a “speed dating” event to help pair up writers and artists.
Here’s one more round of stuff to do/buy at the show. I’ll be there both days and will hopefully get a chance to blog from the floor.
Kid Beowulf creator Alexis E. Fajardo will be at table #535 selling books and sculpts, as well as doing sketches, throughout the weekend. He’s also hosting one of the workshops on creating comics:
Workshop, Sunday Oct, 17 3pm: Character Design in Kid Beowulf
Meet cartoonist Alexis E. Fajardo and get the inside scoop on how he creates and designs characters for his all-ages, graphic novel series Kid Beowulf. Alexis will walk through his character creation process including the research, early sketches, pencils and inks for his newest book Kid Beowulf vs. El Cid!
Fantagraphics posted today that they’ll have several “display only” books at their booth, for you to look at before they’re even available to buy, including new Castle Waiting and Jason.
Artist Farel Dalrymple has made last-minute plans to attend APE; he’ll be at the Conundrum Press booth #312, with copies of studygroup 12.
The Graphic Novel Project
High Tech High’s The Graphic Novel Project, where a team of high school students from Chula Vista, Calif. create their own comics, will have their second major issue, Nice Meeting You, Goodbye, at booth #404.
Students created a full length color comic addressing the rising problem of high school dropouts. This project took a year of hard work requiring the entire team to pull long hours with many weekends involved to make the comic the best product possible.
HTH Graphic Novel Project used a collaborative process that included 18-20 students ranging from 9th to 12th grade working in departments. Departments ranged from Research & Design, Illustration, Digital Art, Lettering, and Production.
Of the technology used to create the work, none was more valuable than the Wacom technology to digitally render each page for the entire graphic novel.
Research & Development for the book was a rigorous research process that included interviewing more the 25 students, teachers, parents, and local dropout center personnel. A professional writer was brought in to use as an editor for each step of the writing and story building process. The project was completed in a little over 15 weeks.
By bringing the issue of Nice Meeting You, Goodbye to the Alternative Press Expo, the HTH Graphic Novel Project hopes to spread the social message of high school drop outs, and also gain a larger audience of this issue and issues to come.
“This project will change the way that other schools look at after school activities.” Says Luke Piedad, contributing author and student. “The process has opened my eyes to a wider perspective on life and avenues to explore journalism.”